Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and I'm ready to help.
I am a cancer doctor
this is not likely to be colon cancer which is very very very very very rare in your age group.
much more likely to be from internal hemorrhoids bleeding
or diverticulosis bleeding
which can cause some mild blood and mucous with stools.
your FOBT was negative.
you should see a doctor and see if you have internal hemorrhoids which can bleed from time to time.
your symptoms don't sound like they are from colon cancer.
Ok. The other doctor said that hemorrhoids would rarely cause bleeding, but from what I've read elsewhere, it says that they can. Which is true?
Sorry -- would rarely cause mucus!
internal hemorrhoids often bleed.
internal hemorrhoids often cause mucus.
anything which can inflame the wall of the bowels can cause mucus
Ok. I have had some harder stools the past week or so. Sometimes with lumps on them from being so hard. This could potentially be the cause?
yes, hard stools can rupture internal hemorrhoids and cause bleeding and mucus.
Do you think it's ok to wait until Oct. 24 for the sigmoidoscopy, or should I see my doctor before this?
Sorry I have to go, but I will respond and pay when I return! Thanks for your response -- you have lessened my anxiety somewhat!
I think it is fine to wait for the sigmoidocopy.
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Can I add one thing? I've had occasional clear mucus when I have a bowel movement for months if not years. Is this a normal thing? I've never thought much of it... only the added blood got me concerned. Thanks!
most likely from your constipation.
mucous is very common with bad constipation.